Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Wisdom of God


The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.” Proverbs 16:21

The book of Proverbs is a collection of godly wisdom, wisdom God imparted on Solomon because Solomon asked of God to bestow wisdom upon him above any other gift God could offer him. For that reason, Solomon is remembered most for the wisdom in which he ruled the nation of Israel.

Today I wanted to pick out some bits of wisdom from the 16th book in Proverbs. I wish I had time to go through each line, but I have chosen those verses that meant the most to me this morning to highlight and consider the ramifications they have on my life. If you have time today, open your bible to Proverbs 16 for yourself and see what God has ready to show you in these bits of wisdom he gave to Solomon so many years ago. Thankfully our God is a god who doesn't change and so His word is a relevant today as it was so many years ago.

The preparations of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
(We must do our due diligence to open our hearts to the ways of the Lord and put aside our own selfish desires – God does not force us to obey Him or to change for Him, that choice purely rests with us. But when our hearts come to the place where they are prepared, then the Lord can reveal truth to us and in turn we can share that truth with others – the words of the Lord spoken from our tongues.)

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the spirits.
(Too easy is it to judge others and the situations in others lives from our own perspectives. We lack a complete revelation if we do not allow ourselves the time to see things the way God sees them. Seeing things clearly can only be done when sin is removed and God alone has helped us to see beyond our own sinful desires and wishes.)

Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.
(When we choose to let God do through us what He wills and to follow His leading over our own short-sided plans then God is so merciful to reveal to us more of Himself and how He is working in the situations around us.)

When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
(We must set our eyes on pleasing God first, because in pleasing the author of love we cannot have enemies. Yes, some will attack our beliefs but they will find no fault in our behavior if we live exactly as God calls us to – a true Christian is not self-righteous, but loving, kind, merciful, peaceful, long-suffering, joyous, and patient and so that even those who oppose our beliefs cannot judge our actions.)

Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
(Pride is a trap because it exalts self above God and blinds the heart to the trouble it has allowed in. In contrast a humble person, one who knows that God is the one in charge and acts accordingly, is not blinded and does not have to deal with the vasts troubles that those of prideful hearts need to deal with.)

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
(Waiting on the Lord and living by His law is where goodness in this world can be found. A happy heart is one that rest alone in the Lord and His ability to overcome everything in our lives.)

The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
(Wisdom comes from God and when we let God change our hearts, then what we say is filled with godly wisdom and instruction which is craved by the heart - ours and those around us.)

There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
(Left on our own we seek the selfish ways of life – righteous ways in our own eyes. But if we let those ways control our actions we become slaves to sin and all of those ungodly ways lead to pain, misery, shame, and ultimately death to our souls.)

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
(Anger in itself is not a sin, but when used as a weapon instead of as the power behind a righteous path it has the ability to take us off track and get us caught in a web of sinful means to justify our own desired ends. Controlling the human tendency to react, giving all things over to the Lord for His judgment, and allowing righteous anger to work in love as God desires for it to work is a force that human power cannot reckon with and will never trap us into ungodly choices.)

The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the Lord.
(There is no such thing as luck. Everything is controlled by the God who created the heavens and the earth whether a person believes it or not. Best it is for those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord to act accordingly to His lordship and not try to take the reigns of life in our own hands.)

I hope you have been as blessed as I have in going through these verses. The wisdom of God is beyond compare and what blessed assurance it gives me today and every day I seek to live for the Lord.  I pray your day may be filled with wisdom and He may lead you in ways that defy your understanding.

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